First Aid in the Workplace

 How to choose your first aid kit…

MAKE YOUR ASSESSMENT- FIRST AID & THE LAW (ACOP L74)- UK (Approved Code of Practice)

ACOP 3(4) “An employer should make an assessment of first-aid needs appropriate to the circumstances of each workplace.”

ACOP 3(1) “An employer shall provide, or ensure that there are provided, such equipment and facilities as are adequate and appropriate in the circumstances for enabling first-aid to be rendered to his employees if they are injured or become ill at work.”

Extracts taken from- APPROVED CODE OF PRACTICE AND GUIDANCE covering The Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981.


ONCE YOU HAVE MADE YOUR ASSESSMENT- choose your kit from the HSE Compliant range

first aid kit 1Choose the appropriate kit for the number of employees you have:

  • 1-10 person
  • 1-20 person
  • 1-50 person
  • Burns Kit
  • Body Fluid Kit


ACOP 3(20) (extract from the Health & Safety Regulations 1981)

“Employers are responsible for meeting the first-aid needs of their employees working away from the main site, for example those who travel regularly or who work elsewhere. The assessment should determine whether those who travel long distances or are continuously mobile should carry a personal first-aid kit.

Organisations with employees who work in remote areas should consider making special arrangements such as issuing personal communicators, providing special training and organising emergency transport facilities. Where employees work alone, other means of summoning help such as a portable telephone may be useful to call for assistance in an emergency.”




ACOP 3(36) Eyewash states 'Where mains tap water is not readily available for eye irrigation, at least 1 litre of sterile or normal saline (0.9%), in a sealed, disposable container, should be provided. Once the seal has been broken the container should not be kept for reuse. The container should not be used after the expiry date.'




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With the recent HSE court cases against employers who breach the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 resulting in large fines it is essential to assess your first aid requirements including first aid training and maintain them.



The Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act 2007 is a new offence and a landmark in law which came into force on 6th April 2008. For the first time companies and organisations can be found guilty of corporate manslaughter as a result of serious management failures, which results in a gross breach of duty of care. This clarifies the criminal liabilities of companies and organisations in theUK where serious failures in the management of Health and Safety has resulted in a fatality. Prosecutions will be of the corporate body and not individuals.

However, the liability of board members and directors is unaffected under Health and Safety law.


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